- a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, binding a person to do a particular act.
- the sum pledged as surety on such a bond.
Examples from the Web for recognizance
He was released within the hour without a bond on his own recognizance.
Williams was released on his own recognizance over the weekend and is expected back before a judge on Feb. 9, 2015.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Addison spent four nights in jail, she told me on FaceTime during a period when she was out on her own recognizance.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth|Christopher Dickey|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Luchkiw was released on her own recognizance, as would have normally been the case in such a bust.A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act|Michael Daly|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was released on her recognizance and is now back on the streets.
I believe the man has entered into some sort of recognizance to keep the peace, and has disappeared.The Man Between|Amelia E. Barr
Perhaps Mr. Hooker will accept my recognizance in the amount?Thomas Wingfold, Curate|George MacDonald
Some pay and many refuse; but such as do refuse he requires to enter into a recognizance of so much money to attend the council.The Chronicles of Newgate, vol. 1/2|Arthur Griffiths
William Wells, one years imprisonment, and at its expiration to enter into his own recognizance of 20l.
And I will enter into a recognizance for any sum to appear and prove my right if it should be disputed.Hidden Hand|Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for recognizance
- a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
- a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act